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The Palgrave Handbook of Holocaust Literature and Culture

Edited by Victoria Aarons and Phyllis Lassner.

The Palgrave Handbook of Holocaust Literature and Culture reflects current approaches to Holocaust literature that open up future thinking on Holocaust representation. The chapters consider diverse generational perspectives—survivor writing, second and third generation—and genres—memoirs, poetry, novels, graphic narratives, films, video-testimonies, and other forms of literary and cultural expression. In turn, these perspectives create interactions among generations, genres, temporalities, and cultural contexts. The volume also participates in the ongoing project of responding to and talking through moments of rupture and incompletion that represent an opportunity to contribute to the making of meaning through the continuation of narratives of the past. As such, the chapters in this volume pose options for reading Holocaust texts, offering openings for further discussion and exploration. The inquiring body of interpretive scholarship responding to the Shoah becomes itself a story, a narrative that materially extends our inquiry into that history.

Victoria Aarons is O.R. and Eva Mitchell Distinguished Professor of Literature at Trinity University, USA. She is the author or editor of 11 books, including The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction (2015) and The New Jewish American Literary Studies (2019).

Phyllis Lassner is Professor Emerita in The Crown Center for Jewish and Israel Studies and The Gender Studies Program at Northwestern University, USA.  Her publications include Rumer Godden: International and Intermodern Storyteller (2010)and Espionage and Exile: Fascism and Anti-Fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film (2017).

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